It’s time to Break It Down!
5th Anniversary Edition
HAPPY BIRTHDAY BREAK IT DOWN!
Tempest fugit (Time Flies)! Monday was another significant milestone in the life and development of “Break It Down!” I initiated this blog August 20, 2007, on a lark…almost a dare. That was Five years (and 268 editions) ago. Having related the story several times over the past several years, I will not repeat the details today.
I will note that on that summer’s eve, I contemplated, in 5paragraphs, the experience, in reality the lack thereof, of then Senator Barack Obama, as he navigated the early stages of his historic Presidential Campaign. The prodigiousparameters of that history were not evident at the time. To be sure, over the next 14 ½ months, he bested the odds and won not only the DemocraticNomination, but the Presidency. In so doing, my lack of conviction, and that of many others in Mr. Obama’s ability to claim the nation’s biggest political prize was laid bare as a patently errant assessment.
Briefly, before moving on to the gist of today’s topics, I want to make one more note about the blog. Effective this issue, I am rolling out a new host site; WordPress. The link, http://TheSphinxofCharlotte.com is simpler and more straightforward than the Blogger (Blogspot) link, http://TheSphinxofCharlotte.blogspot.com. The site design and presentation at Word Press, while still under construction, is cleaner, less busy than the one at Blogger. Please note, while Break It Down! may eventually migrate exclusively to WordPress, the blog will remain available at both sites for the foreseeable future..
Having established that evolutionary developments of the blog, fast forward five years and we find ourselves on the cuspsof yet another Presidential Election;76 days and counting. As the Republicanand Democratic Conventions convene over the next two weeks, we will emerge after Labor Day in what is considered the traditional “heat of the campaign.”
But lest we get ahead of ourselves, this week has proven huge in generating big picture, thematic issues; particularly as it relates to women and their views. Two in particular that stand out are:
- Missouri Representative Todd Akin made a controversial statement using the term “legitimate rape”
- The venerable Augusta National Golf Club, home to The Masters, announced the admission of its first two female members, former Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, and South Carolina businesswoman, Darla Moore
For different reasons, both of these events have significant implications, and the potential to alter theirrespective landscapes. In the first case, the story is largely of a political nature. It developed suddenly, and with great fury.
Republicanmainstays from Mitt Romney, presumed Presidentialnominee, to Reince Priebus, Republican National Committee Chair, to Scott Brown, GOP Senator from Massachusettshave all asked, encouraged, or suggested that Akin, a candidate for the contested Senate seat in Missouri, step aside. Yesterday at 5:00 p.m. was the deadline for the Congressman to simply withdraw without additional costs and legal wrangling.
Suffice it to say, the fact thatMr. Akin had the occasion to have co-sponsored a bill with now Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan that included the language “forcible rape,” is also a point of grave concern. As the Party attempts to escape the Kryptonite that is Akin, the last thing it needs, wants, or feels it can tolerate, is to have the Number 2 guy on the Ticket irrevocably tied to a man who is now by most accounts viewed universally in GOP circles as a pariah. This situation is one that bears watching in the coming weeks.
Augusta National is without question one of the most famous golf courses in America, founded by one of the most successful golfers in ever, Bobby Jones. The 18-hole course is the home of the Masters; one of the preeminent rites of passage for spring time.
In deed, Lee Elder was the first African American to play the Masters, doing so in 1975. For the record, Robertscommitted suicide at Augusta Nationalin 1977. He had been ill for several months. There is no word that there was any correlation between Robert’s death and Elder’s having played in the Masters. However, in what is a notable development, Augusta National did not invite its first black to become a member until 1990.
So there you have it…Double Play: “Legitimate Rape” &…Augusta National Shows Its Feminine Side! I’m done; holla back!